The Ohio State University's entirely student-run musical theater group, Off the Lake, will present its annual spring musical: Kiss Me, Kate will be held in Hitchcock Hall on the OSU campus (2070 Neil Avenue) on May 29th, 30, and 31st at 8:00pm. Admission is only a canned good, which will later be donated to the Mid-Ohio food bank.

Based around Shakespeare's comedy Taming of the Shrew (the play within the play), Kiss Me, Kate is a lively mix of the old and the new, sure to keep many genres of audiences on the edge of their seats. Ex-lovers Fred Graham, an egotistical producer and the male lead, and Lilli Vanessi, a capricious stage diva, are reunited humorously to produce a musical version of Taming of the Shrew. Further hilarity ensues when two gangsters show up to collect an IOU and wind up on stage.

Featuring a 25-member cast and a 15-piece orchestra, Kiss Me, Kate offers much more than theatrics. The music and dancing of this straight- from-Broadway production are a force to be reckoned with.

OSU's Off the Lake is a non-profit organization created six years ago after students realized that opportunities to participate in musical theater and to work for a charitable cause were few and far between. Off the Lake is committed to providing an opportunity for any interested Ohio State student to explore his or her theatrical talents.

This year's musical, Kiss Me, Kate, will be the seventh show put on by this entirely student run group. Cost for attending one of our performances is a donation of a canned food item; last year we donated over 1000 food items to the Mid-Ohio food bank. This year, we will not only contribute the donated food, but also spend a day volunteering our time in the name of hunger.